Broox C. Garrett, Jr.

A native of Shreveport, Louisiana, Broox Cleveland Garrett, Jr., attended C.E. Byrd High School before attending Tulane University where he graduated in 1941. He interned at Charity Hospital in New Orleans before joining the Navy in 1944. Dr. Garrett was assigned to the USS KIDD (DD-661) in January of 1945 as the ship's doctor. He was tasked with maintaining the health of 330 officers and crewmen in the cramped environment of a 376-foot destroyer, as well as that of any rescued pilots brought aboard for return to their carriers or base of operations. He did this in a combat zone with only a single corpsman and several officers who were trained in basic first aid. On April 11, 1945, Dr. Garrett was wounded when a Japanese kamikaze struck the KIDD. Thirty-eight men were killed with another 55 wounded. Dr. Garrett received multiple wounds, including his eye and knee. In the immediate aftermath of the attack, he conducted his own suturing, freeing up his corpsman to take care of the other wounded, and offered medical advice. He convalesced at the Navy Hospital in San Diego, California, for fifteen months. Following war's end, he completed his surgical residency at Charity Hospital in New Orleans in 1949 and entered private practice. He was the recipient of the Purple Heart and was inducted into the Louisiana State Medical Hall of Fame in 1992. "Doc" Garrett passed away in 1998 and was laid to rest in his hometown of Shreveport.